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you for being here. [applause] speaker boehner, leader harry reid, leader nancy pelosi, assistant leader james clyburn, members of the rosa parks family, distinguished guests and friends. we gather here today to remember a woman whose legacy has already outlived her time among us. and we honor her not only with our presence, but with this permanent reminder of the cause she embody. we honor her not only with other great people, but with such great memory. rosa parks may not have led us to victory against the british, she didn't give a single speech in the senate or the house, or blast off into space or point the way west. yet with quiet courage and unshakable resolve, she did something so important on a cold alabaman evening in 1955. she helped unite the spirit of america. which the founders so perfectly and courageously expressed in the opening words of the declaration of independence. with a form of government they still really only outlined in our constitution. for some, she served as an inspiration. as president bush put it, she set in motion a movement for freedom and equalit
mentioned democrats better members of your organization it seems maybe the most prominent is harry reid. or maybe at one point* for my kid you characterize your relationship with him over the years and talk about what you communicated over the past few weeks with the man who will decide whether a gun restrictions lot is brought to the floor? >> i am not our lobbyist so in recent conversation with not be within my, i have not personally talked with senator reid. we have a relatively friendly relationship over time. we did not endorse him for reelection or his opponent but we did support him that the primary level last time. when firearms legislation has not been a priority, after all he is a partisan leader he has been responsive to his constituents of nevada and relatively friendly on second amendment issues. he is tendered bridal pressure right now because as any member of congress, he has his own beliefs, the views of his constituents, of the pressure as the party leader, the president of the other, where harry reid and that is in nobody's guess and that is a guessing game right now.
of assignments for cheadle for chuck hagel's nomination to a vote this week, do you think harry reid made a mistake enough for sydney will reform the filibuster? >> back to questions about the space i'm in. after 36 years i love my job and integrated server. read the press accounts and get the magazines, but i'm not there and they've got a tough job. by the way, i am optimistic. i am optimistic about the congress. republicans and democrats in my view are going to once again make that institution is in port, vibrant and vital as it has been historically, so i'm sort of a loud, but i believe very strongly. i put on a list of people have great confidence and hope to make a difference in all of this. i happen to be an advocate at the simple question is the filibuster rule. that's what the founders intended. if you create nothing more than a year and i can, a, in your image, what is the point of having two chambers? there's a reason why the senate is a counterbalance, with a popular elected official majority rules of the senate was the place for the minority rules in a sense, the proposal to f
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